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Installation Instructions For Architectural Elements

Posted on September 23, 2009

Architectural Products do not absorb moisture and will not rot or
crack. However, they will expand and contract with temperature changes. To
minimize the effect of expansion and contraction, it is imperative that the
storage and installation instructions are strictly followed.

Summer Installation
Elements that have been stored in an enclosed trailer or under hot conditions
should be allowed to cool down for a 24-hour period to normal temperature
before installation.
Winter Installation
Elements can be stored outside or in an unheated area and installed
Elements should not be stored on an angle in direct sunlight or they
may warp. Although our products are highly impact-resistant, they should
be handled with care. Certain impacts can cause severe damage.

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )
• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jigsaw, etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screwdriver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Framing square
• Chalk line
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL.
• Safety Glasses

1. Arrange your panels the way you want them on your wall. Take note of the
repeat patterns and the alternating block sizes and rotate panels as
necessary. Start with a full panel against the ceiling. Cut panels as
necessary to fit your overall design needs.

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2. Because of the highly textured surface, it is recommended that all
measurements should be marked on the flat backside with a pencil
or marker and then use a straight edge or chalk line to mark a
cutting line.
3. Products are easiest cut from the flat backside including mitered cuts. For
ripping panels, a table saw may be most effective. Chop saws may be used
for some product profiles. Handsaws will certainly work also.
4. Wipe off any dust or dirt from your wall and the back of the panels.
Use only commercial-grade polyurethane adhesives (i.e., Premium PL
manufactured by OSI, Liquid Nails, etc.) Apply a generous amount of panel
adhesive (minimum 3/8” bead) in a vertical line every 12” along the full
length of the back of the panel.

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5. Working from a corner, press the panel firmly into place on your solid wall
backing. Make sure the panel is square both vertically and horizontally.

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6. Secure over wood and drywall substrate surfaces with 1 1/2" finishing nails
or screws and over concrete substrate surfaces with Tapcon masonry
screws. If you are not using a nail gun, you will have to recess each nail
with a nail set to approximately 1/8".

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Use a generous quantity of nails and don’t worry about the holes, as they will
disappear with a little dab of color-matched caulk. Apply all the
following panels in the same manner. Place your panels together as tight as
possible, but don’t worry if a slight space is open at some point between the
panels, this will be caulked in. The important step to remember is to have
each panel square and your grout lines matched or lined up.

MOLDINGS (Bases, Chair Rails, Crowns, Pilasters, etc.)
1. Install molding elements on solid substrate backing.
2. Mark out the distance on the wall to be covered by the first piece of molding.
3. Wipe off any dust or dirt from surface area or the element, as detailed
above. Apply a 1/4” bead of adhesive along the backside of the element
and at each end.
Use enough adhesive so that the entire surface of the cut edge is covered. If
you put too much on or too close to the edge, it will squeeze out when
you press it against the mounting surface. This will be hard to clean off. Use
mineral spirits to remove excess adhesive. Start nails at a 45-degree angle
approximately 1/2” from the edge of the element. Starting at one end and
secure this end with finishing nails.

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4. Push element flat to the mounting surface and secure with finishing nails
on 16” centers or less. For multiple long runs, anchor first element using
previous procedure. C next element piece. Secure second
element at the mark on the surface. Butt free end of molding into first
piece of molding using adhesive between the elements. Push the first
element flat on to the wall and secure with finishing nails.

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5. Certain elements are available with end stops and outside / inside corners.
When applicable measure to accommodate a straight cut and then install
element as set forth above.

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6. When mitering an element it is necessary to get as close of a fit as possible.
Apply adhesive to all angle cuts and cross nail from one element to the other.

1. Cut to size a 2” x 4” wooden section to be inserted into the bracket cavity. If installing outdoors make sure to use pressure-treated wood or other water-resistant materials.
2. Apply adhesive to wood and attach to the mounting surface using
mechanical fasteners, as detailed above.

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3. Apply adhesive to the bracket’s mounting surface and place bracket over
attached wood section and cross nail or use mechanical fasteners to hold
in place.

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1. Half Columns: Install like wall-mounted moldings, as set forth above. Use
finishing nails to cross nail and secure capital and base halves to a column.
2. Full Column Surrounds
a. Cut base and capital into halves. Note: Bases and capitals can be
ordered as halves..
b. Using a cardboard template trace out interior weight sustaining profile.
Notch-out using a simple handsaw or jigsaw the base and capital tops /
bottoms to accommodate wrapping around the weight sustaining
c. Install base and capital halves by applying adhesive to mounting
surfaces and cross-nailing halves together around weight sustaining
profiles and allow adhesive to set.
d. Take the column dimension and cut to size column.
e. When columns are in halves, apply adhesive to all vertical mounting surfaces and
cross nailing into opposite column halves to secure while adhesive cures.
f. Install between base and capital by applying adhesive on mounting
surfaces and cross nailing.
3. Free Standing Full Column
a. Create a square wooden mounting box, typically using
2” x 4” planks. Affix to the floor surface with mechanical fasteners.

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b. Install base by applying adhesive to mounting surfaces and cross
nailing into a wooden box.
c. Measure and cut column halves as appropriate. Be sure to add the
height of the installed base and attached capital.
d. Apply adhesive to all vertical mounting surfaces and cross nailing
into opposite column halves to secure while adhesive cures.

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e. When applicable, stack column segments by applying adhesive to all
horizontal/vertical mounting surfaces and cross nailing into bottom /
opposite column halves to secure while adhesive cures.

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f. Attach capital by laying assembled column on its side and nailing and/or
screwing through the capital into the column walls.
g. Upright assembled column and attach to base and cross nail to secure
into base and ceiling.

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Apply caulking on all joints with special care when installing elements outdoor.


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